It’s happening! Lightning Network Wallet app just released on Google Play – God send for the third world!

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Hello my fellow Steemians and Crypto investors,

Until yesterday, Bitcoin’s Lightning Network was mostly not very user friendly.

Even though a lot of advances have been made this year, most of it has been technical infrastructure building blocks, only available to highly skilled developers working at the command line level on Linux terminals.

Well, that all changed yesterday with the launching of the Eclair Wallet at Google Play’s Android store. This historic milestone signals a major step towards mainstream adoption of the Lightning Network since it makes it available for regular users.

“The Eclair Wallet is a next generation, Lightning-ready Bitcoin wallet. It can be used as a regular Bitcoin wallet, and can also connect to the Lightning Network for cheap and instant payments,” - Developer's app description on Google Play.

The forgotten and unbanked of this world stand to benefit the most

I believe that, in particular, this is very good news for the third world. People living on the first world are already privileged by a banking system that mostly works (though still slowly and barricaded), they have easy access to credit, money transferring apps etc.

It’s the other three billion people without any access to these tools but with $25 dollar Chinese cellphones on their pockets that stand to benefit the most from these new Bitcoin developments.


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The Lightning Network continues growing steadily. It now boasts over 1300 nodes and counting.

A simple Android app that allows them to transfer money easily and with low fees anywhere in the world is a godsend for the unbanked. They can now be part of the world economy they have been excluded from for so long.

Old services like remittances and money transfers that charged ridiculous amounts in order to pay off (bribe) corrupt government officials will be mostly bypassed as soon as some smart guy realizes they can do it cheaper and more conveniently from their phone now and it spreads like wildfire.

I’m personally already seeing this phenomenon, since I have been helping my friends living in Cuba @cubadetodo and @paquetedecuba buy and hold their first crypto currencies and begin using Steemit as a blogging platform.

Their reaction has been very positive, especially because now in Cuba because there’s a lot of uncertainty with the two issued fiat currencies available: CUCs and CUPs. The government has been hinting one of them will go away but they are not telling anyone which one. In the past, the government has made similar moves, suddenly removing a currency from circulation and screwing millions of people’s savings in the process.

Bitcoin mainnet will be like Gold. Lightning Network will be like credit and debit cards today, but better

I believe that in the future Bitcoin proper will be used for large transfers, anything exceeding thousands or millions of dollars, for which paying high fees is justified. Just like physically moving huge amounts of Gold between countries today is expensive, moving millions in Bitcoin will incur relatively high fees. Of course, it will be much less expensive and cumbersome than moving physical Gold, that’s one of the main advantages of Crypto Currency!

On the other hand, Lightning Network will likely be more frequently used for day to day transactions, think credit cards and debit cards today, and for micropayments online, a whole new phenomenon that will change the internet as we know it, but that’s a subject for another post.


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A bank, credit card, remittances, online store, micropayments app, a whole new way of life on your pocket. Image by Pixabay

A Testnet version of the Eclair Wallet app has already been available for some time on Google Play. If all you want to do for now is get a feel for it, you can use that version instead. Remember, this is still very new and there may be bugs and unforeseen issues yet.

You are not supposed to risk using too much money on the Lightning Network but why not play around with a few Satoshis? I'd say it’s definitely worth it to get a glimpse of the future!

So, what do you think? Will Bitcoin's Lightning Network bank the unbanked and revolutionize Finance?

Do you think mobile wallets like Eclair will be friendly enough for regular users?

Have you played with LN yet?

Do share your thoughts and with the Steemit community in the comments below!

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This is a great post. Thanks!

Thanks @bwells, following you now!

I hope this will solve the problem in scalability because we really need the faster transaction, especially to the poor countries, that way they can accelerate their economy rapidly.

LN payments make a lot of sense for frequent payments like your daily Starbucks coffee. So you open a channel with Starbucks, and then just do your regular purchases with almost 0 cost.

huge news for blockchain lovers.

Nice post. Lightning network is obviousely a huge development for cryptocurrency scaling and I'm glad you're covering it on Steem.

Expect some downvotes to start coming in from Operation Clean Trending, which has also targeted one of my posts.

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Hi dhimmel,
Yep I see this guy @heimindanger gave himself a police badge and is now bullying his way around Steemit. I didn't know using promotion bots was such a thought crime and that the self appointed gestapo was in full force but now I know and knowledge is power. I understand the issue with bad quality posts but automatic downvoting without checking the content is really bad for Steemit too. Thanks for the heads up! Regards

The clean trending tool still allows usage of bid-bots up to 50% of the total value of your content. It's the spamming and getting trending mostly because of bots that is an issue, and you clearly know about it because you were doing it ;)

All good things must have an end... Be smart and use tools more appropriately and you will do fine... both of you ;)

Your theory is far from perfect.
I absolutely used bots, just like I told you I would.
It's serving the exact purpose I sought, visibility.
I not only provided a full disclaimer but also tagged my post #advertisedcontent
You came at me anyway.
My bot useage has yielded very organic results, as I assumed it would.
I may have got to trending with bots but I'm staying there because the content is legit and appreciated by the community.
Almost at a 50/50 rate.

I really wish you'd focus on shitposts and instead encourage good content creators to utilize these tools to help their visibility.
But...like all of us...you are entitled to do what you want here.
Welcome to the Wild West!

This is really about a monopoly (Steemit whales) kicking out the little guys like any other big corporation, they are protecting their interests. How else do you think this self appointed gestapo account manages to get $200-$700 for his crappy posts? It's a whale club, they vote among themselves and won't let the small fish play. The only thing you can do is power down and let these scammers fall on their own weight. I can't wait to see the prosecutions!

"50% of the total value of your content" how am I supposed to know what that is without running afoul of the self appointed gestapo?
I'm already doing fine, I'm powering down and dumping this whale club for good. Heck, I might even come up with a tool and big ass campaign for people to do the same, just like you did to protect your posts while green with envy...

See, you didn't do this out of your "love for Steemit", you are just protecting your post positions and that of your big whale friends. We are not stupid @heimindanger, you gotta let the little fish play too once in a while.

Are your posts so good quality that they deserve $200 to $700 payouts? Give me a break, you use your whale group for that, something a lot more questionable and damaging to the platform than using bots and that's the real problem with Steemit, it's a whale club.

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Do you know if the @steemit guys, you know @dan and company, are aware of this "tool"?

Bitcoin mainnet will be gold and LN be like debit and credit card . There wont be any double spending here . Now we have digital gold and spendable method attached to it. No counterfeit or double spending , with same transparency. Way to the future.

A simple easy-to-use mobile wallet is EXACTLY what the unbanked need. This is where the need is greatest and so this is where mass adoption will come from.

Which makes me think, why isn't there a Steem mobile wallet app yet? Is it in the works or should developers from the community itself take matters into hands and build one themselves?

An interesting analysis bud.
I hope so this lightening network give bitcoin a new life.

I still can't really wrap my head around the LN and how off-chain transactions can be secure. Still, smart people seem to approve, so hopefully this is good.

Great post👍 very interesting information

I recommend newbies to the Lightning Network try out Eclair Testnet first (test money that is not real) and get some free testnet bitcoin from https://testnet.manu.backend.hamburg/faucet

then try spending it on coffees from https://starblocks.acinq.co/ and articles at https://yalls.org/

Woh! Now that is cool!

Thanks for this!

Thanks for the great recommendation!

This is really incredible the next step for the bitcoin network, and this is only the beginning

the app is really cool when it comes to usability and acceptability useer's info, i love the app and can refer friends to its usage.

This is amazing news. Things like this are the developments that need to happen to get crypto to the next level. I can't wait for this to come to the Apple Store.

Good post @cryptoeagle. This is a very good news for us crypto enthusiasts and investors isn't it? At least we're seeing some promising road maps which will shape crypto's future. I can't wait to see what comes next.

@tipu upvote this post with 0.1 sbd :)

HODL all the way for me! Done the NOOB thing before and won't do it again.

Your post is what I have been waiting for! This may be the start of the crypto bounce back!

Hopefully, it gets on IOS too in no time.
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This is amazing news. Things like this are the developments that need to happen to get crypto to the next level. I can't wait for this to come to the Apple Store.

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Very good news
Thank you

Thank you for such a wonderful information.

Wow...☺ best news for blockchain people

While I do see potential for helping the unbanked through blockchain, I wonder how long we have to wait to see that happen.

Most people who are unbanked in developing and frontier markets have low incomes. For stats, 75% to 80% people in India live on less than 2$ a day. 25$ phone is nearly half their monthly income.

Additionally, what is the likelihood of running a sophisticated app on a cheap chinese smartphone.

Lastly, does the local telecom infrastructure reach the unbanked? Are they using 4G or are they still using 2G technology to call and text.

I think lightning network adoption is quite far away for the unbanked. But I hope I am wrong.

This is great news @cryptoeagle! Getting closer to mainstream adaption every day, despite the bear-trend in crypto-markets. Maybe now it will also be easier for people to follow Charlie Lees advice about spending and buying back your crypto's to further stimulate mainstream adaption. If you can, read and comment on my little article about that: Don't HODL! Use Your Crypto and Buy Back!.

Thanks for the heads-up. Keep up the good work! Upvoted, resteemed and you have a new follower here :-)

Man you are sharing Gold here but the only disadvantage is that I am on iOS and not Android. I would have loved to play around with Eclair Wallet and of course download the Crypto Millionaire. I will wait patiently until these are available on iOS.

It's good news that LN is already available for the ordinary fellows. I saw some demos in the past with the Devs exhibiting its capabilities and what not, before it was officially released. The process was complicated to say the least. So glad for this new wallet. Now Bitcoin can see its glory days again.

As far as Hodling or Selling. Well, I'm a hardcore Hodler. I'll keep Hodling on, lol.

Great post. keep it up

No selling, I’m holding strong. No accumulation either as I don’t have tether to spend. Yes I did partially take profit but used it all to invest ICOs, which subsequently crashed due to the bear markets. But lesson learned, next time I will reserve some tether.

One step closer towards mass adoption

Great news for us living in this part of the world. We can save while making transactions using bitcoin. Looking forward to using the app.
My question is can the app be use for other crytocurrencies?
Great post.

Hi @anyasiemmanuel,
No, Lightning Network is only available for Bitcoin. Ethereum will have something similar called the Raiden Network but it hasn't been released yet. Litecoin, Zcash and Ripple are working on their versions too. Regards

Thank you Sir.

Upvoted, resteem and followed! This is info many can use.

Thanks for the great info (I am new and seeing real use helps a lot) AND for the link to the app Crypto Millionaire!

Will look for more of your content and also look at the linked articles.
Keep up the good work!
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Now that's a very encouraging news.A lots of people are going to be benefited by this.Now a days android phone is very cheap and easy getting for the third world people.A huge number of people use play store free apps.Thanks for sharing.@upvoted

Great, encouraging update! I'm accumulating patiently!

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Excellent publication, and find for all people who want to stay updated in terms of the interaction in this market of cryptocurrencies that is becoming more and more trends for the general public

its a good news thanks for this update keep it up and stay blessed.

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Hey friend! Thanks for this, I will have to read up on the Lightning Network!
You seem excited about it!
I invite you and all others to follow and help me out also! skåål and heathen regards!

Merchants are adopting this and at a rapid rate.. it is a great sign of increasing adoption which is the fundamentals crypto needs for a bullish divergence!

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It is just the beginning ,the show has just begun .There is lot more to happen ,lot more to get surprised about.

This post has received a 13.81 % upvote from @booster thanks to: @cryptoeagle.

Regardless of what some bitcoin purists say about LN, it is developments like this which will contribute towards adoption by the mainstream. LN isn't perfect, for sure. But we have to start somewhere. Then we make improvements and changes.

Congrats! You've just been upvoted & resteemed by the Resteem Streem! Keepin it reel.

@cryptoeagle- always enjoy your posts. This is good news I think about Lightning Network. I hope the new Eclair Wallet will make it easier and quicker to transmit Bitcoin.

I just have one question- can this new wallet be used to transfer Bitcoin to cold storage or other hardware wallet (Ledger, Trezor, etc.)?

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Continuing a trend of rapid innovation for Lightning, the wallet is currently available for Android devices running version 5.0 of the operating system and later.

The release represents the first mainnet mobile wallet based on the increasingly popular protocol.

“The Eclair Wallet is a next generation, Lightning-ready Bitcoin wallet. It can be used as a regular Bitcoin wallet, and can also connect to the Lightning Network for cheap and instant payments,” ACINQ wrote in a description of its offering.

“This software is based upon eclair, and follows the Lightning Network standard.”

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It's about time, this hasn't been the most lightning fast thing I've ever seen...

I've been waiting for this news! Thanks for the heads up.

When will it be ready for iphone?

It will probably take a while because the IOs platform is more complicates than Android for these apps. I haven't heard anything about a Lightning app for IOs yet but they will come. Regards

I think this is a great news for all the blockchain lovers.they are really appreciate it.

Thanks for sharing this cryptocurrency news update providing....I appreciate this bitcoin

The first user mobile wallet built for the Bitcoin's Lightning Network (LN) launched April 4 marking a further milestone for the technology.

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This is so exceptional and outstanding, Lightning Network is lighting up the world to a height of unlimited opportunities. Thanks for the explicit, well articulated post @cryptoeagle.

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So if Lightning truly ends up working as designed, does this mean an "end" for cryptocurrencies like Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash, who have essentially differentiated themselves based on transaction speed and overall network capacity?

This is great news.

The first paragraph is plagiarized from the GitHub README. Downvoting as a result.

Really sorry about that This won't happen again, i promise.

At the moment of press, it has 4,7 rate at Google Play with 69 feedbacks. So, users' reaction was positive.

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